Fix-It Night for Crappy Tire Stuff

We have a bunch tools at ylab, and some of them from Crappy Tire. We can call them that – after all, Canadian Tire fought for the use of that name. You would normally think we would be using their tools to fix other things. Nope. We had to fix the tools. This  Mastercraft drill is about 4 years old, the first 3 1/2 years being unused...

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Ylab Fall Kick Off update: New gear for more metalwork

A few of our posts involve some metalwork. That would not be possible without some serious hardware Thanks to some donations and astute purchases we’ve picked up a couple of things over the summer. We now have our own drill press. Bigger and better than the loaner unit we had sitting on the workbench. Just in time, too, since the loaner unit...

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You’re doing *what* with a microwave???

Don’t be a hero. Many pages on the Internet tell you how to make a spot welder from a discarded microwave oven. We always thought it was a crazy idea. And then a couple of the more experienced ylab members told us it made sense and would not result in electrocution or being nuked into a medium-rare meat sack. That explains some of the...

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Fall kick-off ylab news backlog: Desktop Metalwork

Ylab’s metal master Ylab’s hosts at the David Dunlap Observatory have a nice simple reception desk – but they want the ability to lock  up whatever is on top. You know, big things than won’t fit in a drawer. Which is kind of impractical because there are  no drawers on the desk.  They asked us if we could do something...

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Fall Kick-Off Ylab News Backlog : 3D Printing

It’s alive! And reliable! Last week, we provided updates 1, 2 and 3 on the City of Richmond Hill’s DDO activities over the spring and summer. Ylab helped out with all of them, but those were not our core maker activities. Our makers quietly been up to all kinds of things in our basement lair. We’re now taking the time...

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DDO News Backlog Part 3: Movie Night. Just Add Characters.

How did he get hold of that? Sometimes, ylab is just plain silly fun. On Friday August 23 the City of Richmond Hill and Deputy Mayor Joe DiPaola hosted their First Annual – Explore the DDO outdoor movie night. City staff invited DDO partners and other groups to participate. Ylab was asked to join the fun because of some shiny light...

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Ylab Fall Kick-Off: DDO News Backlog Part 1.

We’ve been quiet on the blog over the spring… and even quieter over the summer as we got distracted by vacation, herding kids around, long lazy evenings and other seasonal distractions. We have a lot of news to catch up on, and we’ll start with the most important thing: our wonderful home at the City of Richmond Hill’s...

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Raspberry Pi Project: Zeroshell Firewall and Captive Portal

Disaster recovery in a briefcase. Part 1. A ylab member has a requirement for a backup firewall… and more. At her company, they use a top-quality commercial firewall that provides and front-ends a suite of other services like,VPN access into the company and a captive portal to control to several outbound VPNs to customer. They use multiple...

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